After testing virtually all the different brands of straw pellets on the market for their suitability for mushroom growing, these straw pellets are by far the best. They have excellent re-hydration and moisture holding properties, taking under an hour to obtain full absorption. Made from 100% wheat straw from British farms.
Rehydration Guidelines: 2.2 times the pellets weight in water, e.g. 500g pellets to 1100 ml of water.
Spawning or Inoculation Rate: 250g to 500g of sawdust spawn per 1kg of dry pellets (the more spawn used, the quicker colonisation will be and there will be less chance of contamination). For Oyster mushrooms (except King Oyster) use 200-250g of spawn per kg of dry pellets. Shiitake and King Oyster use 350-500g of spawn
Inoculation: The most effective way to inoculate the pellets is to evenly distribute and mix the spawn with the dry pellets.
- Solid containers (tubs and buckets): mix and re-hydration can be done in the container without the need to tranfer.
- Bags: mix and re-hydrate in a pre-cleaned container and then transfer to the bag once re-hydration is complete.
Re-hydrate as follows: slowly pour 1/2 of the required water, allow to stand for 20 minutes, then slowly pour the rest of the water.
The advantage of this ‘no-mix’ method is that the mycelium will get a head start on any germinating mold spores leading to less chance of contamination.